Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax paid a visit to the Northern Neck Technical Center on Tuesday night, July 11, to discuss workforce development, hear from a few students and faculty, tour the facility about the Carrier and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
“I am deeply passionate about education and job force creation,” Fairfax said at the onset of the meeting. “We want to highlight the great work you’ve done here for so long. Education, attending a technical school like this, should be affordable.”
Doctor Trey Davis, Principal of the Northern Neck Technical Center and Governor’s School, announced the school awarded over 300 certificates this year. He introduced the students on hand; Kayleigh Wilson, Brianna Willoughby, and Andrea Alvarez all Nurse Aide graduates and Hannah Butler and Desire Campbell, Cosmetology graduates. All of these students are now employed in their chosen field. Wilson, while employed, will also be a senior at the school this year, and Alvarez will attend Virginia Tech.
“I would say this is a very good model,” said Greg Smith, the Superintendent of Richmond County Schools. “I have worked at many localities during my 33 years here in Virginia, and worked with a variety of comprehensive high schools which had their own tech schools, or tech centers.
“Let me give you a little history,” he continued.
“When I came on board in 2012, this facility was struggling. During different governor administrations, there are different philosophies and different focuses on what is important for our student learning.
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